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Do you need help choosing a distribution?

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tbuitenh's picture
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The linux distribution chooser might help.

For me it suggested gentoo or slackware, which is pretty close because I use archlinux (which is not included in the program at this time).

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I just tried that out and it's great. Although I currently use an eval edition of Novell Suse Linux 10.0 (and I think it's a very distinguished and polished distribution) I want to move eventually, especially when I get a laptop and/or move out because then I won't have access the synchronised Suse-specific directories such as /var/cache/apt/archives in our Suse home network. I guess I'll always hold Suse close to heart... :smiling:

Also, I wanted to move to a distribution which somehow connects with the area I am helping in, with the natural choice therefore being a flavour of Ubuntu, and that's what the distro chooser recommended at the end. So for me it definitely seemed to work out and end up recommending what I personally already know I want to use.

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I used that tool before and it's really nice, but unfortunately it apparently doesn't cut it for me.

For example, when it asks about a favourite package manager you only get some major options and that's where it will completely chop of a good deal of choices. I mean, if you select apt-get you know you're gonna chop of all RPM based choices as well as slackware based (an option that isn't even available except maybe if I selected "I don't care").

O chose apt-get simply because I like its easy and it served me best so far, but I'd like apt-get-like tool to install tgz's, not debs (AKA smart, which would fit the bill) so in the end I got MEPIS as a recommendation with Debian, Ubuntu and Kubuntu being three additional best choices (with only one tiny thing not matching: inclusion of development tools on CD). Smiling

Ah well, I could probably experiment with options to get to something that matches me even better, but that kind of beats the point of this tool, if I already know what I'm looking for (which is infact slackware with package management (like smart) and recent software included on CD). Laughing out loud

Cheers
Daniel

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I would like to note that this tool knows about only a few popular distro's so it's hardly surprising it cannot tell you what distribution fits your very developed complicated specialist needs.

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It gave me Gentoo and Slack wich isn't surprising since I said I liked source based and advanced distros.

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tbuitenh wrote: The linux
tbuitenh wrote:

The linux distribution chooser might help.

For me it suggested gentoo or slackware, which is pretty close because I use archlinux (which is not included in the program at this time).

You can test another linux distro chooser, as well as compare different Linux distros on polishlinux.org now.

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There are millions of linux

There are millions of linux disto''s out there, I dont feel that distro choosers can even hazard a guess to what I or anybody else should use. I always get told to use stuff like gentoo. Instead it is more a bit random for me. For instance, on my G3 mac I have put on ubuntu and stripped it right down. Really now it just a distro with apt...
My desktop uses SuSE 10.1 which I have not configured too much..but give it time.
It duals with Gentoo, which is obvousley configured my way.

So it could point me to gentoo. I could install gentoo..rip out a few bits here and there. Install apt, do a few other things, then It might as well have told me to install debian!

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choosers are meant for newbies
AndrewB wrote:

There are millions of linux disto's out there, I dont feel that distro choosers can even hazard a guess to what I or anybody else should use. [...]

Andrew, it's meant for someone who doesn't even know GNU/Linux. Experienced users don't need quizes like that Smiling
From my experience - the chooser helps a lot the newbies who don't know what's the difference between Mandriva and Gentoo.

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I tried the PolishLinux.org

I tried the PolishLinu